Week 17: God’s Order
- Exodus 18:1-20:23
- Isaiah 6:1-7:14
- 1 Timothy 3:1-14
Have you ever considered that God has an order to our lives? Often we don’t think of God’s involvement in our lives as being so practical and daily. We see God in most situations only in the “big events” (for example when someone gets married, dies, or when a baby is born).
Moses was dealing with quite a challenge. The people of God are now assembled after the Exodus out of Egypt and in the total care of Moses. Moses was required to handle all of the people and the matters at hand. When Jethro sees the leadership role and responsibilities of Moses, he begins to share with him a more excellent way to handle the affairs of the people.
Jethro gives sound counsel and encourages Moses. Jethro gives God the glory and proceeds to give Moses some practical advice. This is going to help the children of Israel adjust to their new surroundings and environment. The idea of separating the people into 1,000’s, 100’s, 50’s, and 10’s was critical to the infrastructure of the Jewish people. Moses handled the major matters and the small matters could be handled among themselves.
God, through Yeshua our redeemer, has an order. He is our great High Priest first and foremost. Second, the Holy Spirit is our ultimate guide in life that reminds us of all things and teaches us what the Father has need of us to do. We must obey the voice of the Holy Spirit like Moses did Jethro. In order to do that we need to come to the understanding the we have received the Holy Spirit’s calling. Isaiah heard the voice and said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Can you remember a time in your life that you have agreed to say this to the Lord and then obey the Holy Spirit speaking in your life.
Many times we are quick to dismiss this voice. Next time you hear the voice of the Lord do not tarry in your response. Confess with your mouth the you are ready and willing to go where He sends you.
“Jethro said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people.’” - Exodus 18:10-11
“Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” - Exodus 18:19-23
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.’ And he said, “Go, and say to this people:” - Isaiah 6:8-9
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” - I Timothy 3:1
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Am I willing to seek the office of overseer as a noble task or are my affections that of the world and what the world can offer me?
▪ How am I going to answer the question that God is asking of me, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
▪ Do I desire to be obedient to the voice of the Lord?
▪ Do I understand the covenant and commands of the Lord in my life
▪ Have I received clear direction as Moses did in the wilderness? ▪ How do I view the Ten Commandments today?